Arthur lauds ?brave? Michael Clarke

Apr 14, 2012, 02:34 IST | PA Sport

Australia coach Mickey Arthur has hailed Michael Clarke's leadership after the captain's bold declaration paved the way for his side's three-wicket win in the first Test against West Indies.

Clarke declared with his team trailing by 43 runs at the Kensington Oval, before they clinched a remarkable comeback success to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

Michael Clarke

Arthur, who spoke to Clarke about a potential declaration, said the captain deserved recognition for the “brave” move. “I thought it was a great idea and I sort of just backed him on it. I think it was great,” he said.

Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur

Meanwhile, West Indies have brought off-spinner Shane Shillingford into their squad for second Test starting here on Sunday.

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